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Oct. 7, 2015

Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke will speak at several events this fall, talking on topics ranging from inclusion in LIS to social structures of "small worlds."

Cooke is slated to speak at the 2015 Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library & Information Science (CIDLIS), held on October 15-16 at the University of Maryland. CIDLIS—formerly the Symposium on Diversity in LIS Education—draws practitioners, educators, and scholars to discuss issues of diversity, inclusion, and information access in the LIS field.

Cooke’s talk, "Diversity and Social Justice in the LIS Curriculum," addresses the lack of courses related to diversity and social justice in LIS programs in the U.S. and Canada.

From the abstract: Librarianship is a profession characterized by women, specifically white women, according to Census data and the American Library Association’s Diversity Counts document (2012). While...

Oct. 1, 2015

A four-year, $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will help University of Illinois humanities scholars identify digital publishing options and produce new publications that will best disseminate their research.

The collaborative project involves the University Library, the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH), and the Department of African American Studies. It aims to help scholars understand the digital publishing options available to them and identify those that will best meet their publication goals, whether it’s gaining tenure, providing the broadest possible access to their research, or using multimedia formats to present their work.

“This is a time of enormous change in all aspects of scholarship and scholarly publishing. Things are happening...

Aug. 24, 2015

Colin Rhinesmith (PhD '14) has been named the new Benton Faculty Research Fellow by the Benton Foundation, a private foundation working to ensure that media and telecommunications serve the public interest and enhance democracy. In this role, Rhinesmith will conduct original research as well as advise the foundation on new research opportunities.

In his first project for Benton, Rhinesmith is conducting a study of low-cost Internet and digital literacy training programs in low-income communities across the U.S. The goal of the study is to provide data and outcomes-based measures that can be useful to policymakers, Internet service providers, and other digital inclusion stakeholders, particularly as the Federal Communications Commission and Congress seek to reform the Universal Service Fund.

Rhinesmith is also working with Benton Fellow Raphael Leung to compile research resources on the impact effects...

Aug. 12, 2015

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has selected four master’s students to participate in the 2015–2017 ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII), including one from GSLIS. The fellows are:

  • Opetoritse Agbejuleoritse Adefolalu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Avery Boddie, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Morgan Davis, University of North Texas
  • Jessica Redhouse, University of Arizona

The Diversity and Inclusion Initiative—funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), ARL, and MLA—seeks to address the growing need for professional staff in music and performing arts libraries to better reflect the changing demographics of students and faculty in those fields. The program reflects the joint commitment of ARL...

Aug. 6, 2015

Four GSLIS master’s students have been selected by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Committee on Diversity and Leadership to participate in the 2015-2017 Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) as ARL diversity scholars.

Underwritten by ARL member libraries, the IRDW offers numerous financial benefits to program participants as well as leadership development provided through the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium, a formal mentoring program, career placement assistance, and an ARL research library visit. This program reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse research library professional community that will better meet the challenges of changing demographics in higher education and the emphasis on global perspectives in the academy.

The 2015-2017 ARL diversity scholars are:

Jul. 10, 2015

Seven GSLIS master's students have been named 2015 Spectrum Scholars by the American Library Association (ALA). Established in 1997, the Spectrum Scholarship Program was created to promote diversity among graduate-level library school students. Each master's-level scholar receives $5,000 from the ALA as well as over $1,500 toward professional development opportunities. In addition, GSLIS provides each scholar with a tuition waiver. Illinois residents who are recipients of the Spectrum Scholarship also receive a grant from the Sylvia Murphy Williams Fund, given by the Illinois Library Association (ILA).

The Spectrum Scholarship recipients at Illinois are:

  • Vivian Alvarez (ALSC Scholar in honor of Ellen Fader)
  • Anna Buck
  • Ariel Gonzalez
  • Erik Ponder (ProQuest Scholar)
  • Jennifer Smith
  • Alice Son (...
Jul. 2, 2015

Within the realm of social justice, professional resources can be scattered widely among the many disparate areas that intersect with this field, impeding research and fieldwork. A group of LIS doctoral students from across the country—all current American Library Association Spectrum Doctoral Fellows—are working together to create a solution to this challenge called the Social Justice Collaboratorium (@SJCollaborate).

The working group behind the Collaboratorium includes GSLIS doctoral students RaShauna Brannon and Myrna Morales, as well as Laverne Gray (University of Tennessee-Knoxville), Miraida Morales (Rutgers), Mario Ramirez (UCLA), and Elnora Tayag (UNC Chapel Hill). Together they devised an online resource available to support individuals working on social justice initiatives or members of the public interested simply in...